The presidency has said that no fewer than 100,000 Nigerians died as a result of the diversion of monies under the custody of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for the purchase of hardware for the Nigerian military.
The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, stated this in a television programme on Monday.
According to the presidential aide, stated that the non-release of Mr Dasuki was because he has so many cases pending against him, even though the courts may have ordered his release on some of them.
Mr Shehu said that Mr Dasuki’s case fits to “the argument about greater public good overriding individual good.”
He said that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami had spoken severally about the weapons which were seized from Dasuki for which he was being charged.
“The bigger thing is that the Attorney General said that more than 100,000 Nigerians have lost their lives arising from actions or inactions of the gentleman while he was in office and how did that happen?
“Because money was assigned to his office to go and buy military hardware so that we confront insurgency, but these monies found their way into the hands and bank accounts of politicians to go around for campaign.
“So therefore the Attorney General is saying yes, this one individual has his rights, but so do the 100,000 or more people who had lost their lives. That’s my understanding of what the AGF has said,” he said.